SLIDELL, LA (WAFB) - An off-duty Slidell Police officer ended a high-speed chase Wednesday after using spike strips to stop the suspect's vehicle. Before that happened, the suspects stole a printer from Wal-Mart, nearly hit an off-duty officer with their vehicle, and threw meth and marijuana from their speeding vehicle during a high speed chase.
Around noon, Slidell Police received a call from an employee at the Wal-Mart on Natchez Drive in reference to a theft. The employee spotted 48-year-old Clint Coslett and his 32-year-old wife, Prilla Coslett stealing a $37 computer printer.
According to reports, the Coslett's left the store and got into their white 2006 Chevy Silveraldo truck. A Slidell Police officer quickly arrived and approached the vehicle, which was still in a parking space.
According to police, when the driver, Clint Coslett, saw the officer walking to the vehicle, he put the vehicle into gear and started to drive off. The officer was nearly struck by the fleeing vehicle, but was able to jump out of the way before being hit.
The Coslett's led Slidell Police on a high-speed chase through the city, while throwing suspected methamphetamine and marijuana out of the vehicle. The chase led officers down Gause Boulevard, to Military Road, and ultimately ended on Highway 190E (Shortcut Highway).
Off-Duty Slidell Police officer, Michael Giardina, was in his police vehicle when he heard the pursuit over the police radio. Officer Giardina, who was traveling on Shortcut Highway, stopped in case the chase came in his direction. Ironically enough, the high-speed chase came right towards him, and Officer Giardina deployed his spike strips which caused the suspect's vehicle to safely come to a stop.
The suspects fled the vehicle and ran from officers. Officers gave chase, and quickly captured the Coslett's who were placed under arrest. Officers were able to recover the suspected methamphetamine and marijuana that was thrown from the vehicle.
Prilla Coslett was charged with aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by flight, and theft of goods under $500.
Clint Coslett was charged with aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by flight, aggravated assault on a police officer by use of a vehicle, theft of goods under $500, obstruction of justice and possession of marijuana.